•  Submission opens: July 2020
  •  Deadline for contributions: 16 August 2020
  •  Publication: November 2020

Submission guidelines

Any accepted ICED 2020 presenter (first author with original collaborators) may contribute to the ICED 2020 proceedings. Your contribution should reflect the content of your original ICED 2020 abstract, and what would have been your presentation. If it was accepted as a paper, digital presentation or workshop, please provide a written contribution that represents the main ideas of your submission. If it was accepted as a poster, please transpose the poster into text + images (no PDFs of the poster). If you planned to hold a panel discussion, you may wish to gather brief input from each panellist and collate it into a cohesive contribution.


Texts should be in English, and should not exceed 1500 words excluding references. They should be submitted in a Word-compatible format and should adhere to the proceedings template. Images may be included. All paragraphs must be separated with a line break.


All contributions should be submitted in English. Contributors are responsible for the quality of their English; either British or American English may be used, but usage must be consistent within each text.


There will be no review process, but texts will be briefly checked and proofread. If copy-editing takes place the main author will be asked to approve the changes.

Contributions to the ICED proceedings (from presenters accepted for ICED 2020 only) will reflect the abstract originally submitted and address one or more of the following sub-themes:

Diversity and the future-ready graduate

“My future is not your future.” Diverse groups have differing educational needs and goals, and defining the term “future-ready graduate” requires us to reflect not only on technology but on factors such as gender, indigeneity, economic status and location. In some cases the role and meaning of education itself need discussion. How can our global community move into our shared future in ways that not only address future technological and economic needs, but also honour differences?

Future-ready teaching methods

How will students be learning in an unknown future? What formats and methods will they require? How can our institutions prepare and respond, and keep education both relevant and accessible?

Future-ready assessment

Inspired, forward-looking developments in education often fail at the assessment stage, where old-fashioned methods still prevail. How can we retain the momentum of innovation right through assessment? What new perspectives are needed? How can we leverage the many digital tools we now have at our disposal?

Future-ready disciplines and curricula

The growth of knowledge is exponential and technology is developing rapidly and radically. How do we ensure that curricula remain relevant and responsive to contextual challenges and to student needs? How do we best work to decolonise western-centric curricula and integrate ways of knowing and learning from the Global South? How do we embed a necessary critique of existing power relations that restrict opportunity and potential? What competences do future graduates need and how do we anticipate these? How do we prepare graduates to be future-ready in a constantly changing digital world, and for the challenges of artificial intelligence?

Future-ready professional development

As the needs of students change, so do those of academics. How will professional development look in the future, and how should our practices as educational developers change? What is the role of the scholarship of teaching and learning in propagating a future-ready mindset?

Future-ready educational developers

How will educational development evolve? What mindset is required to be future-ready, and how do we develop it? What tools will help us to remain innovative and effective?

Future-ready universities

To be future-ready, how will our organisations need to develop? What forms of leadership and collaboration are required, and how do we cultivate them? Where does power currently reside inside and outside our organisations, and what stances do we take?

The future is now

What educational developments are already underway which can take us forward into the future?


The ICED 2020 proceedings will be published in the ETH Zurich Learning and Teaching Journal. For information on the Journal see the website.

Relationship to ICED’s International Journal for Academic Development: Publishing in the ICED 2020 proceedings does not preclude the possibility of submitting a longer version of your article to the International Journal for Academic Development. Articles for IJAD may be up to 6,000 words in length and are peer reviewed. Please check IJAD‘s instructions for authors before submitting.